By Andre Godard

The evolution of the paintings of Iran—from the famed Luristan Bronzes of the primitive Zagros civilization to fresh Islamic contributions—is demanding to track for lots of overseas kinds and idioms have motivated and changed its improvement. extra over, a lot of Iran's non secular sanctuaries, monuments, and different artwork treasures have been, until eventually lately, inaccessible to the skin international. Now, during this lavish complete scale presentation of Iran's nice creative history, André Godard presents a lucid and entire research of Iranian structure, sculpture, and ornamental arts

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From Siyalk and Tepe that time onwards, as had words appeared at Susa, Tepe were imdoubtedly scribes Iran whose main Simier, there in happened earher in occupation was to keep the accotmts of chtirch propert}'. These hieroghphs, known as proto-Elamite, do not seem to have been followed up, whereas the Sumerian ones evolved nattu-ally from pictogi^aphy to the creation of a genuine syllabic language. This language made rapid progress during the third millenniimi: laws, prayers and invocations to the divinity were written down.

MAPS page I H III IV V ANCIENT IRAN ACHAEMENID IRAN SELEUCID AND PARTHIAN IRAN I36 SASSANID IRAN ISLAMIC IRAN 175 25I 37 IO3 CAPTIONS TO PLATES I-Ç 32 1. CARBONIFEROUS POTTERY JAR Alburz. c. 2400-2200 BC. Height: %\ which have prominent orifices so in. is grey pottery have been found on the same 2. site. SMALL vase: burnished CARBONIFEROUS POTTERY Alburz. c. 2400-2200 BC. Length: This egg-shaped vase is from the same site 5 J in. Private collection. pointed at each end and has a neck which broadens out.

This side-piece represents the 'protector of flocks', wearing the two winged monsters with the heads of birds of prey on a 17. homed tiara. His arms hold apart stag's body. HEAD OF BRONZE VOTIVE PIN Luristân. 800 BC. ; height: 3^ in. Private collection. The upper part of this disc-headed pin represents the bust of the 'Protector' and two griffins, head downwards. The elongated necks of two fantastic animals enclose this composition in an oval; the pin itself was made of iron. -«» «-. ^' \--: rVi^SpS^S.

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